Children

Children in Worship

Children’s Sunday School Classes

Sunday Mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. 

suspended until further notice

Have fun with a lesson on David and Goliath

The Spark Family Magazine is mailed to all families with children between the ages of 3 and grade 3. The summer issue includes a six-page lesson on David and Goliath. Please read it together as a family and enjoy some of the activities. Copies of the Spark Bible are available at church.Read David and Goliath in the Spark Bible on Page 130 or read a longer version of David in the Paraclete Bible for Kids on page 125-134 or read the story in another Bible. 1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-50.The Spark Magazine suggests making a shield. Find a piece of cardboard or poster board. Decorate your shield with markers and other art materials. Write “God protects me” on your shield and display it in your room. Find a smooth rock outside in your garden or on a walk. Paint it your favorite color using tempera paint or acrylics. When it is dry, use permanent marker to make a cross or heart or other symbols to remind you that God loves you. Keep the rock by your bed and hold it when you feel scared. Say this prayer… “Help me to trust you, God, even when my fears are big. Amen.”

Parents—Watch for your next issue of Spark Family Magazine which you should be receiving in late September. St. Paul’s Church pays for this subscription to be sent to your home four times a year to help in your faith journey with your children. During this time when we cannot meet regularly for education at the church, this magazine will be especially helpful in your child’s faith formation. We hope that you enjoy this time learning together. Watch for further ideas in the October newsletter. Please let us know how it goes and send pictures of your experiences

As you plan your week, take time to help your children  grow in their Christian faith.  Make a commitment, and reassure them that God loves them how He works through their lives.

When Sunday school resumes, children (infants through grade 4) meet upstairs in age appropriate groupings.  Parents, come and stay with them as they learn, gather in the Good Shepherd Gathering Space for coffee or join an adult class. All are welcome.

Youth in grades 5-7 meet in the Youth Room each week.

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with their children.

Spark Family Magazine:  Can’t get your children to Sunday School every week?  Supplement their learning about faith and God’s people with the Spark Family Magazine that you should be receiving quarterly right at home!  The Christian Education Committee committed to this expense several years ago as a way of helping parents teach their children between the ages of 3 through grade 4 about important Bible stores and Christian practices.  If you are not receiving this informative and helpful quarterly magazine, please contact the church office to add your name to the mailing list.  Has your child(ren) outgrown this magazine?  Please let us know as well.

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

Each year the Christian Education Committee presents our children and youth with Bibles.  Infants new to the congregation receive the First Stories of Jesus, a beginning bible board book.  Students entering first grade are given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade are given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade are presented the NRSV Student Bible which they will be using as their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles.  They should show signs of wear and use.  The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.  We should encourage the children and youth of our congregation as they learn and grow in God’s grace.

*Nursery – No nursery at this time!  The nursery is for infants to pre-k aged children during the 10:30 a.m. service.  The nursery will open 10 minutes prior to service and parents may opt to bring their child to the nursery before the service or after the children’s sermon.  Children must be picked up by their adult guardian prior to communion or immediately after the service.  All sippy cups or bottles should be labeled with the child’s name.  A snack will be available unless nursery volunteers are told otherwise by the parent.  For the protection of your child and other children, parents are requested not to bring a sick child to the nursery.  If you would like to volunteer to help out in the nursery, please contact Carrie Oberholtzer.

*Grade 3-6 – This class in 2019/2020 collected quarters to buy farm animals for families all over the world including our country.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  We are feeling at home in our youth room, whether we are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends. Contact Miss Kelly for more information.

Create at St. Paul’s/formerly Creative Fun – The schedule for Create can be found on the Family Ministry Page.  Click here to view the schedule.

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Paul’s will not be having VBS summer 2020.
Church Summer Camp 2020
Camp Kirchenwald and Camp Nawakwa
From Generation to Generation
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5
We recently had a visit from Zach Weis, Kirchenwald, Camp Director,  about Summer Camp.  He is very excited to have all of us come to camp.
The Lutheran Camps offer a wide variety of things to strengthen faith and enrich our Christian Community:  Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.  There are many different camps offered throughout the summer.  From Grade K through grade 11.  You can choose your favorite camp week from Ultimate Sports, Jr. Classic, Kayak, Back Country Outpost, Arts and Crafts, Water Adventure, Trails and Treats and many, many more fun weeks.  Talk to Miss Kelly if you are interested in Camp Nawakwa or Camp Kirchenwald.  Camp brochures are available for you to look at.
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families and offers Camperships for anyone interested in attending.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Miss Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at:  http://www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.

Testimonial from one of our families that did the Family Camp at Kirchenwald:  “In August 2019, our family had the opportunity to attend Family Camp for a half week at Camp Kirchenwald.  It is our second year attending this annual camp.  We find this camp to be a great place to spend time together as a family, to engage with other families in faith, and to unplug from electronic devices and connect with nature.  Our 5-year-old son loves camp too.  He enjoyed the many outdoor activities, especially the big capture the flag game.”

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4